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May 18, 2011

BP Podcast

Episode 50: You Do Want To Be A Ferris Wheel!

by Kevin Goldstein

We could get all flowery with words here, but it's the one-year anniversary show, and we got Scott Boras and Jose Altuve. 'Nuff said.

Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language and subject matter. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Up And In Episode 50: "You Do Want To Be A Ferris Wheel"

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Table Of Contents

0:00: Here's what's going down today

3:29: Here's the housekeeping

4:41: Here's the emails

  • Hijinks in the stands
  • Tornadoes let you catch up!
  • Ferris Wheel or Merry-Go-Round
  • Trading draft picks
  • Do new owners equal new scouts?
  • Delving into some scouting terms

35:42 Jose Bautista: how did this happen?

53:43 Saturday's Posada-gate with special guest Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe)

1:08:15 Special Guest: Scott Boras

  • How he first got involved in the draft
  • The problems with the potential of hard slots
  • Is major league baseball an adversary?
  • The draft as a loss-leader
  • Providing support services for teenage millionaires
  • Turning down potential clients, nicely
  • Agents and the NCAA
  • August 15: a day in the life
  • The reputation: Does he care?

1:29:27 Special Guest No. 2: Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve

1:33:40 How the sausage is made: getting Altuve and Boras

1:38:31 Musical Guest: Thrice

1:40:33 What Are You Drinking?

1:41:51 Cooking With The Professor: Chicken-Fried Steak and Cincinnati Chili

1:47:51 Let's Get Emotional: Has it really been one year?

1:53:26 What's going on this week?

1:59:11 A massive note of thanks to our listeners

Music is by Thrice, all rights reserved.

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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May 18, 2011 12:59 PM
rating: -15
BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Oh for the love of all that is holy, NO.

May 18, 2011 13:07 PM

Me and the other members of the "46,000" club want you to know that we do not approve, condone, or support his post.

May 18, 2011 14:20 PM
rating: 1

Somehow mistook this for Facebook? :-(

May 18, 2011 14:45 PM
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Shaun P.

Scott Boras! I thought so. When you said "secretary" in Episode 49, I just had a feeling that it had to be him.

I can't wait to listen!

May 18, 2011 13:32 PM
rating: 1

Ah, an afternoon podcast!

Kudos, Kevin.

May 18, 2011 13:33 PM
rating: 1

Congrats on the 50th episode, gentlemen. And what a lineup to celebrate!

May 18, 2011 13:34 PM
rating: 2

Agreed. Cudos to you and Jason, it's been an awesome ride, I just hope it goes on and on!

May 18, 2011 16:00 PM
rating: 1

Oh my gosh, I'm so excited to listen to this episode that I just dribbled like a puppy

May 18, 2011 14:17 PM
rating: 1

Boras AND Altuve?! I need to drink something special with this.

May 18, 2011 14:26 PM
rating: 1

Congrats Kevin and Jason, and thanks for over 105 hours of info, critiques, recommendations and laughs. Here's to Year 2!

May 18, 2011 14:46 PM
rating: 4
Ian Miller

The Boras interview is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. I wonder if he believes the stuff he's saying about players "giving away their right to an education" and the like. It's patently absurd.

May 18, 2011 16:04 PM
rating: 1
BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Send am email about this. I'd love to respond.

May 18, 2011 20:02 PM
Soggy Burrito

That portion of the interview did strike me as disingenuous, but this is a guy whose job relies on creating leverage for his clients. So it's in his best interest to magnify every opportunity cost for the players involved because their compensation from the team scales accordingly.

May 19, 2011 08:07 AM
rating: 2
Ian Miller

I completely agree. Doesn't make his comments any more cogent.

May 19, 2011 10:24 AM
rating: 0
Mr. Cthulhu

Maybe I misunderstood him, but wasn't he speaking in terms of how to convey to a player the importance of saving his bonus money, when he made that comment? It seems like a reasonable thing to explain to a kid that his bonus money may need to last 30 years, as he will earn less money than if he had gotten an education. Maybe I misunderstood the education comment, but that is how I heard it. Not sure why that would cause annoyance other than he is Scott Boras.

May 19, 2011 10:36 AM
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Although Boras was speaking of giving up the chance at a scholarship to go to play baseball, there is some truth in his statement once an athlete attends college on scholarship.

I know as far as basketball and football scholarships go, almost all of the kids do not get to take the classes they want to. Rather, they get are made to take the "easy track" to keep them eligable. If it's happening for big time basketball and football programs, I'm sure it would be happening for big time baseball programs as well. I understand that the "student athlete" is getting an education, but many times it's not the education they want, so in that sense sometimes they are giving up rights.

May 19, 2011 10:40 AM
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Ian Miller

OK, just finished. Phenomenal show, guys. Thanks for entertaining and educating the hell out of me every week. And apologies for the FIRST comment. Just got a little carried away.

May 18, 2011 16:47 PM
rating: 1

Your apology
Should have been in haiku form
To appease Kevin

May 19, 2011 07:03 AM
rating: 2
Nick J

I am so pumped to listen!

May 18, 2011 19:36 PM
rating: 0

Awesome. My wife and I (a new .9'er) thank you.

May 18, 2011 19:46 PM
rating: 0

Where's the chicken-fried steak recipe? I can't find it on the facebook page anywhere. Nice work on this one, guys. I really enjoyed it.

May 19, 2011 14:33 PM
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